TNO, founded in 1932, is an independent not-for-profit research organisation. The yearly turn-over was 564 million EUR in 2010. TNO has 14 offices inside The Netherlands and 14 offices in the rest of the World. TNO owns and has access to numerous and a wide variety of laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment.
The mission of TNO is to improve the competitiveness of companies and government via innovation. To achieve this goal TNO cooperates with several Universities (Delft, Eindhoven, Twente) and Institutes in The Netherlands, has connections with other research centres all over the World, e.g. CSIRO, Fraunhofer, SINTEF, IMEC. Next, the HOLST centre in The Netherlands, and a TNO-IMEC cooperation is also part of the network. Furthermore, TNO is partner in many European research projects, Dutch funding projects and customer projects with a prominent expertise and experience in a wide variety of topics and technologies. Finally, TNO has a relationship and many joint developments with many large companies, including ASML, Philips, NXP, DAF, Thales, and the European Space Agency (ESA).

TNO is organised in a matrix organisation with an ‘expertise centre’ line on one axis, and a thematic innovation area on the other axis. In short, the expertise centre line is responsible for the management of human resources (capacity), and the thematic innovation area is responsible for the market and knowledge investments.
TNO main activity areas
TNO’s activities are organised in seven themes, as follows:

  • Information Society: Research into the impact of the information society, stimulating the introduction of new services, applications and policy, based on the latest ICT, media and Aerospace technologies.
  • Energy:  Research with the goal of ensuring a sustainable, efficient and secure energy supply.
  • Industrial innovation: Reinforcing the innovating strength of industry through innovation in products and services, with a strong focus on sustainability.
  • Defence safety and security: focusing on a safe and secure society by creating innovations for people working in the armed forces, law-enforcement agencies, emergency services and industry.
  • Built environment: transitions and innovations that contribute to sustainable design and buildings for comfortable living in a densely populated urban area.
  • Mobility: creating breakthroughs through technological, innovation, influencing of human behaviour, and more intelligent organization for safer, cleaner and more reliable mobility.
  • Healthy living: technologies societal innovation for healthy living and a dynamic society.

TNO Experience in Space
As mentioned above, TNO has a long track record with over 30 years of prestigious and successful developments and projects in space. This includes regular and ongoing work with European and Dutch space-related programs, resulting in various expert studies, pilots, demonstration systems and flight hardware that are highly valued by top international industrial players.

All space activities of each of the TNO core areas are joined in TNO Space which, makes it possible to offer a transparent point of contact for our customers.

Launching In Orbit Applications Technology Transfer
Igniter Technology
Propellant development
Hot structures
Cool gas generator technology
Small Propulsion
Test and qualification
Earth Observation and Science Space Projects
Attitude sensors
Precision Engineering and Mechanisms
Microwave Front-Ends and Antennas
Simulation for cost and risk reduction
Life support systems
Human Spaceflights
Autonomous systems   

Earth Observation (GMES):
- Climate change
- Air quality
- Water management
- Data fusion,
- Security and risk man.

- Public Regulated Services
- Transport and Mobility

- Integration
- Infrastructure
Policy & Business modelling

Know-how base for ESA, European space industry and universities
TNO Network:
- Business community
- Knowledge infrastructure
Incubation of innovative start-ups














TNO will use its expertise in management of complex space projects for the coordination and management of the PEASSS project. By using its vast network TNO will also contribute greatly to the dissemination of the project output. TNO will also contribute technically to the project by taking on the development of the Fibre Bragg Gratings and by supporting the smart panel development, mainly during the breadboard testing phase.